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President Clinton's Apology for the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment: A Narrative of Remembrance, Redefinition, and Reconciliation

Harter, Lynn and Stephens, Ronald and Japp, Phyllis (2000) President Clinton's Apology for the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment: A Narrative of Remembrance, Redefinition, and Reconciliation. Howard Journal of Communications, 11 (1). pp. 19-34. ISSN 1064-6175

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Abstract

Employing a narrative framework, this article explores President Clinton's speech of apology for the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment. Catalysts leading to the experiment, how the experiment was enacted, and the lingering impact of the experiment on African Americans' perceptions of the public health system are described. The U.S. government's rhetorical stance toward the experiment is analyzed in terms of how it creates a narrative of remembrance, redefinition, and reconciliation. The article argues the discourse serves to redefine the role of the Tuskegee Institute in the experiment while embracing the grand narrative of modernism.


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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment; United States Public Health Service; African American Health; Narrative; Technology
Subjects: Health > Health Equity > Bioethics
Health > Policy
Health > Public Health
Research
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Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2011 16:51
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2011 16:54
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/2818

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